In 2017, telemedicine is going to rock the healthcare industry. In fact, the waves started hitting in 2016 when Kaiser Permanente announced that they had officially seen more than half of their patients virtually as opposed to an in-person encounter. Late last year, Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association stated that telehealth use, in the United States alone, would more than double over the next two years. Let’s take a look at 20 of the stand-out statistics that healthcare providers in private practice should know.
- Using remote monitoring technology to keep tabs on a patients’ blood sugar and cardiopulmonary disease can reduce the risk of patient mortality by up to 45%.
- The use of telehealth visits is expected to reduce emergency room visits by 15% or more.
- Telehealth visits will reduce emergency department admissions by as much as 20%
- Telehealth is expected to grow in the U.S. at a compound annual growth rate of 27.5% reaching $9.35 billion by 2021.
- 86% of physicians surveyed said they were satisfied with the quality of care provided while utilizing a telehealth system.
- 83% of patients who have participated in a telehealth visit felt they’d received quality care.
- 78% of patients stated that they felt comfortable enough with the system that they would use the telehealth platform again.
- 76% of patients care more about access to healthcare than the need for human interactions with their healthcare provider.
- 2/3rds of onsite telehealth coordinators stated that their telehealth system was easy to set up and begin using.
- In 2017, 75% of boards in the Federation of State Medical Boards stated telehealth was an important regulatory consideration.
- 44% of private practices are making it their No. 1 priority to add to their practice in 2017.
- 30% of patients already use computers or mobile devices to check their medical or diagnostic information.
- 40% of patients are attracted to utilizing a telehealth visit due to the reduction of wait time.
- 39% of patients are attracted to using telehealth because of the cost reduction.
- 35% of patients would use telehealth if their doctor recommended it.
- 28% of patients would use telehealth if a family member, friend or colleague recommended it.
- Using telehealth could reduce the cost of primary and urgent care visits by as much as 20%
- Telemedicine is expected to grow from 250,000 patient users in 2013 to more than 7 million patent users in 2018.
- More than 29 states and the District of Columbia uphold laws mandating health plans cover telemedicine services.
- Only 16% of patients would prefer the emergency room for minor ailments rather than access telemedicine services.
Based on the above statistics, telemedicine is clearly something that every private practice should be considering as an added service for their patients. The benefits are astronomical when it comes to reducing ER visits and admissions. And it’s plain to see that patients are willing, even eager, to give telemedicine a try.
It will be crucial to the success of your practice’s telehealth service that it be technology that is fully integrated with your EHR. This means you should be able to start your telehealth visit from within the patient’s record. If integration is complete, billing will be seamless and as simple as creating claims the exact same way you’re already creating them inside your EHR.
If you’d like to learn more about the iSALUS Healthcare telemedicine app, click here: AnywhereCare.